Hi! My name is

Barkley

I have an Adoption Application Pending!

AARCS ID
A48077808

SEX
Male

BREED
Retriever, Labrador/Mix

SIZE
Medium

Date of Birth
June 25, 2020

Located In
Calgary

About Barkley

“Hi! My name’s Barkley and I can’t wait to meet you! I’m a goofy, playful, and sweet pup! My foster family says they’re so proud with how far I’ve come in such a short time. When I first arrived in AARCS’ care, I was shy and timid, but after a few weeks in my foster family’s home and learning that it was a safe place for me to just be a pup, I came out of my shell and now I’m such a sweet and loveable boy.

I love playing with all kinds of toys, playing tug-of-war and especially with the resident dogs. Sometimes I can be a bit too excitable for the other dogs, and I’m learning their cues when they tell me they’re not in the mood to play. I can also be a bit mouthy with my foster parents so they redirect me with toys which works well. I’m always happy to see my foster parents and always greet them enthusiastically. I’m very affectionate and love to cuddle with my foster parents and the other dogs, and love getting attention and belly rubs.

When I first arrived in foster care I was scared to go outside and on walks, but now I LOVE going for walks. I like to stop and sniff all the interesting smells and can pull a little hard because I’m so excited and still learning how to walk nicely on a leash. I could benefit from some loose leash training. I can also get startled by sudden movements on walks.

I’m still just a puppy, so there’s a few things I’m still learning. I like to chew on toys and sometimes things that don’t belong to me although sometimes I just carry them over to my bed, likes socks and slippers. My foster family tries to keep me busy with chew toys, peanut butter filled kongs and food dispensing balls which are fun to figure out! I’m very food motivated and get very excited and jumpy when it’s time to eat. I’m learning my food manners and would also benefit from a slow feeder or snuffle mat to eat more slowly.

I’m mostly house trained but still have the occasional accident in the house. I also have open access to the backyard for potty breaks during the day and will whine early in the morning when I need to be let out. My new foster family will need to be patient and keep working with me on house training, and I would do best in a home with a fully fenced yard while I continue building my confidence.

On my walks I’m intrigued by other dogs that I see and will stop and watch them go by. I’m a little hesitant and shy when I first meet new people, but eventually warm up to them and will show them my sweet, playful side.

Once I learn to trust you, I’ll be a great companion, and I’m such a sweet and affectionate boy!” – xo, Barkley

Good with Cats?

Not tested with Cats

Good with Dogs?

Yes, Good with Dogs

Good with Kids?

Kids 16+ Recommended

Do I Need Special Care?

None

Adoption Application